Gridiron Glossary: Slot

The slot is the position of a backfield receiver about halfway between the offensive line and a split end.  It can denote both the player and the position on the field.

Credit: ESPN

Credit: ESPN

A player can be the slot or can be in the slot.  Sometimes the term is used to describe simply the inside receiver in a twins grouping.  Typically slot receivers are covered by linebackers or safeties who tend to be less adept at coverage than cornerbacks.

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